June 29, 2012

Getting excited....

Day 1 of the woman's gymn Olympic trials starts in.... six hours and one minute lol. I'm excited!!!!! My neighbors are going to HATE me later :P  I will be a yellin and a shouting and wavin my arms all around and arguing with the announcers who can't hear me hahahaha.

It's gonna be fun :D

Some of the girls, in a cheeky pic:

         From L to R: Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber & Mckayla Maroney

I watched the first day of the guys Trials yesterday and although I rarely watch men's gymn, it was entertaining. Neat to see the really complex skills they do and well.... it was nice perving on the guys lmao! They are HOT :D

I'll try to make a proper post later on, after I get some other things done. Tracey, I will be on tonight, but won't be talkin while trials are on. I'll use the little red "busy" thing on my messenger status so you'll know i'm around, just not available at that time. Hope everyone is well :D

-M

PS: and where the HECK is JP!!!!!!!!!!!!  JP....come back from the long lost worlds of video gaming.............. lol

June 27, 2012

So.....

What do the USA gymnastics girls do for fun right after podium training before Olympic Trials?

                                                  (photo credit: Aly Raisman)

Take ice baths in garbage cans :P The three amigos in leos....haha :D

Good luck to (L to R): Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman & Mckayla Maroney....and the rest of the 15 girls fighting for the five spots on this years Olympic team! I personally hope these three are on that team!!

-M

An awesome video a fan made dedicated to these three.... must watch :D


Whoohooo lol

Heat index is 110F/43C and climbing. Walking outside is like walking into a brick wall of heat and humidity....yuck! I could almost feel my hair raise up in the air with static lol.

Happy day... I finally found a way to save my yahoo chat history, one  pain in the ass page at a time, but I managed to make it work out fairly quickly. Still working on it but I'm happy I've outsmarted the stupid messenger....

Will be online later tonight, having dinner at Robin's, haven't had a dinner there in a few days. Other than that, hiding inside with the A/C.

Hope everyone is staying cool....or in Tracey's case, staying warm :P

-M


June 26, 2012

Dindin

And I sure was ready for it today, big workout equals big appetite! Eating this now and it is very very good. :)


Yay for summer :P

Won't be outside too much, exept for maybe a couple of exercise walks, don't wanna fry! Even with sunscreen I'd still turn red because of my meds....
-M

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL HAS
ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON WEDNESDAY
TO 7 PM CDT THURSDAY.

* LOCATION: NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL MISSOURI.

* TEMPERATURE: READINGS FROM THE UPPER 90S TO LOWER 100S CAN BE
  EXPECTED WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. THESE HOT TEMPERATURES WHEN
  COUPLED WITH THE HIGH HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL RESULT IN HEAT INDICES
  OF 100 TO 108 DEGREES.

* IMPACTS: THESE PROLONGED HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO AN
  INCREASED RISK OF HEAT RELATED STRESS AND ILLNESSES INCLUDING HEAT
  EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. THESE CONDITIONS ARE ESPECIALLY
  DANGEROUS TO THOSE WORKING OUTSIDE OR PLAYING OUTDOORS AS WELL AS
  FOR THE YOUNG AND ELDERLY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS
EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY
WILL CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER...AVOID CAFFEINATED...ALCOHOLIC OR HIGH
SUGAR CONTENT BEVERAGES...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY
OUT OF THE SUN...AND CHECK UP ON NEIGHBORS...THE ELDERLY...AND
PETS.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN
POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
LATE EVENING.  KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND
HEAT STROKE.  WEAR LIGHT COLORED...LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING
CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY
HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION...AND SEEK
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE.  HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY - CALL
911 IMMEDIATELY.

Good start to the day

Got up late today after getting home very late last night. On the plus side, I was able to try Baklova for the first time. Not only did I love it but I want to make it myself sometime. Also watched a copy of that movie where the guy has terminal cancer and goes out and shoots everyone he thinks should die, including a chick like the Kardashians, members of the church group that pickets soldier's funerals, a Simon Cowell type guy, a Fox news republican reporter, a guy who takes two parking spaces at the store and defends his right to do so by saying "fuck off" lol, etc.   The movie was a riot :P

Got up today and did my yoga dvd after some coffee. I get frustrated because I'm only able to do about half the workout, but it tells you that you should only do what you can to start with, and the more you do it, the longer you will go.  So I'm trying to keep that in mind. I also try to use it as a reason to work hard on the elliptical, to shed weight, so I can do the yoga and circuit training better. It's not easy lugging around 169 pounds on a 5 foot, 1 1/2 inch frame and it's even harder to work out with it. But, I'm not going to use it as an excuse to not do it, I must keep doing what I need to do every day.

Got some projects I'm working on today and should be around this evening for chat. Had to adjust the A/C today as the air is much warmer by the bedroom window. This place is still much better than the apartment I had in the old building, where hot air came in from everywhere imaginable. On top of that, all I had was that small window air conditioner, which helped some, but still wasn't really able to keep up with all the hot air coming in. I know I've said it before...yay for central air :D

-M




June 25, 2012

Really happy with myself

I got SO much done today! I actually managed to stay on task for once. I had a terrible time sleeping last night, so I wasn't sure what I could get done today, but I knew I had to try, especially with my caseworker Sherlynn coming over. She'd called and said she would be later, which was fine by me, and we met at 3:30 pm instead of in the morning. It gave me incentive to work on the apartment.

I always seem to be chasing my ADHD. I know exactly what I want done and I know exactly what I need to get there, yet my brain is always against me. I feel like I have to fight every step of the way, sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, sometimes I lose miserably. A lot of it has to do with time management and staying focused on the task at hand. So easily I'll be cleaning a room and see a magazine and the next thing I know, I've read half of it. Or I take a break and get on the computer and three hours later I wonder where the time went. My  mind can wander so fast and everything distracts me (look at the pretty bird! syndrome lol).

Today, I definitely won the battle. I did a ton of stuff in the livingroom, kitchen and bathroom. I finally got my itunes organized, so I was able to  make a giant playlist called EPIC Cleaning List lol. It has over 100 songs on it, from Bryan Adams, to Metallica, to Elton, to Lady Gaga, to Ray Lamontagne, to MJ, to everything in between. I put it on my ipod, hooked my big headphones into it................ and off I went. Cleaning like a mad woman.

I also decided that today was the day to finish off The Fifth Leg chardy wine. I didn't have a glass until a little bit ago, but even with it, I'm still doing stuff. Now I'm just singing OUT LOUD while I do it hahahaha. I got to use my new Swiffer wet mop and dry mop today, which was really handy. It is SO helpful and makes cleaning floors SO simple and fast. To top it off, I have the Lavendar smell rags for it so it is just............ lovely :D

Off now to finish a few more things up, then get on chat :D Hope everyone had as productive of a day as I have!

-M

Today's Dinner

Kept it simple again, I'm working with what I have around for the next seven days or so. Had a bed of baby lettuces, topped with steamed asparagus, topped with saute'd low fat cut of pork that was covered in seasonings.

It was actually rather tasty! Wouldn't mind doing it up this way again. Simple, yet good. :)

-M

That time again....

Enjoying my after midnight time listening to some MJ, which I do every year on June 25th.

Gone but never forgotten.

-M

June 24, 2012

Heat index...yikes!

Dewpoint: 76 °F (24C) Heat Index: 108 °F (42C) Yay for air conditioning! Going to be very warm Wednesday & Thursday too.

June 23, 2012

Yum!

I did really good today with exercise and food, so I allowed myself a little treat! It was a Fruit Loops cereal bar...NOM!

Yay!!

I've completely cleared out and organized my email! Woot! :D

June 22, 2012

Dinner....

Taking a break from email sorting to have dindin. Nothing special today, just healthy.

I need to get my butt to the store, hopefully I'll do that in the next day or two.  So it was a strange mix of stuff for dinner, with salad greens, crab meat, assorted sweet peppers in a hot sauce, snap peas saute'd in soy sauce and some pickles. It was pretty yummy! :D

-M

Emails....galore!

Every once in a while, I have to go through my email account and clean it up/out. I have a bad habit of reading the email and leaving it, instead of deleting it or moving it into a folder. Then I get all cranky when I have to go through and deal with it.

Well, today is that day.... YUCK!! 2,719 emails later..... *cries*  I've armed myself with large coffee, EJ tunes and a nicotine patch (LOL but actually am trying to quit). Hopefully I'll have it all done before........... next week.

Happy Day!  *grumbles*

-M

June 21, 2012

Very Cool

There's an article on Yahoo about the most famous teenage debuts in Major League Baseball's history. Not surprising, my dad's all time favorite player is on the list:

Unlike almost any other baseball player, Robin Yount spent his ENTIRE career with one team (Milwaukee Brewers) and retired in 1993. He was voted into the MLB Hall Of Fame on his very first try in 1999.



I very clearly remember when I was a kid, Dad coming home from a Brewer game at County Stadium in Milwaukee, beaming proud. The reason? He'd caught one of Robin Yount's foul balls and was lucky enough to have it signed after the game.

In 1992, Robin became the 17th player to hit 3000 hits in his career. He did it at home, in Milwaukee, and my dad was in attendance. He still holds many records for the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

video
Neat to see him still being recognized, not just for his amazing accomplishments in his sport, but because he was and still is a very humble, down to earth, guy. Need more of those in professional sports!

-M

PS: The vid is cool because towards the end of the clip it shows his 3000th hit :D


Just...

...a tad bit goofy now LMAO!

Cheers!!

-M

Havin a tad bit of wine..

...while cleaning my apartment  :P

Have no fear! All is well. I decided to "test the waters" so to speak, on my apparently very low alcohol tolerance level I now have. It's sort of a test run for next spring when I go to Australia. Last thing I want, is to get to AUS, drink what I used to tolerate, and be sick. I've now learned that 2 to 3 glasses of wine is just right, any more than that, would be bad.

Tracey, keep this information handy when I come visit, so I don't accidentally overdo it.  I think we'll both agree to set some sort of limit for ourselves, since both of us have gone to great lengths to barely drink, if at all.

People might ask, then why drink while there? That, is kind of a multi answer question really. For one, it's in the culture over there. For two, I'll be on holiday (vacation), three, I love tasting wines I've never had before and Australia is home to probably hundreds of them from different regions - I like to try them out and used to blog about which were good and which were not as good, and fourth... some of the best memories of my life are kicking back with Tracey & Bruce with some Aussie wine or beer and having great laughs, dances and run arounds....not to mention hilarious pictures/vids to discover the next morning ----> seriously LMFAO!

There are ulterior motives as well. You see, I found a shop online in NY that sells the one Australian wine that was my very favorite while I was there. It is called The Fifth Leg, by Devil's Lair, in the Margaret River region of Western Australia (home to many great Aussie wines). It is a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Chardonnay.

The story of it, goes like this:


I was very excited that the shop had this wine! So I ended up ordering a bottle, both for the wine and for the bottle (as a collectible). I wanted the bottle! If I could have I would have put an empty bottle in my suitcase when I came home from Australia. Seriously.

I plan to do something with the bottle, I'm not sure what yet. I want to display it. I thought about putting up the print of Bondi Beach taken by lifeguard Reidy on a living room wall and then putting a little shelf next to it with the 5th leg bottle, maybe filling it part way with Bondi sand and finding little things to put in the sand, like shells and a little blue toy surfboard or something. Would make a very interesting little piece yeah? If you are reading this and have any ideas what to do with the bottle, please, leave me a comment with the ideas. I'm sure there are all sorts. I'm going to nose around Pinterest as well, as there are many neat craft ideas on there.

I think part of the bottle of wine will be in my fridge awhile and I'm thinking I want to make one of my EPIC pastas, cooking some of the wine into the sauce. Tracey, Bruce and I think even Jess, have had some of my pasta. I don't brag about much...but I can make a mean white pasta :D

Anyhow, now that I've had only two glasses of wine, I've had my fill, and now have a compulsion to put my ipod on with really LOUD Elton music going and clean the apartment...LOL! :P  Drink = Dombliss.... interesting....  :D

Hope everyone is having a good day, I'm off to clean :) Tracey/Jess, I will be on messenger later, maybe around 7pm my time (CDT). Hope to see you on!

-Reg

PS: Took a pic of the bottle, of course:


P:S:S: (or however that works...)  I am in the middle of trying out something I learned on Pinterest. I took a few berries (frozen), I thawed them, put them on a toothpick (didn't have stirrers) and refroze them. Aparently when frozen, you can put it in your wine, chardy glass and they act as ice cubes, with flavor. Was really interesting. Will take a pic later :D

Update: pic..

 Need to work on it aesthetically, but it sure tastes nice. Since I used berries that were frozen and had to thaw them, then refreeze them, it left a lot to be desired. They would look a lot better fresh, then stuck with skewers, then frozen. Frozen, they keep your drink cool, make it more tasty with a berry flavor and probably look great. Will improve on my technique lol. If it turns out nice doing it the right way, look out Aussie.... bringing a new idea with me :D

I want it to eventually look like this:

 I will keep trying....... I am determined LOL

June 18, 2012

State Sangas

I love this. A person started a website, where they are going to take a picture, showing a sandwich from every state in the US, based on popular foods found in each state. It's an ongoing project this person is doing.
What can I say? I do love sangas lol.

                                                          Sanga from Illinois

The website is:  http://statelysandwiches.com/

-M


Feel the need to cook all of a sudden :P

So I'm making a sauteing (sp??) a pork loin, garlic and fresh asparagus in olive oil & coarse garlic pepper (got it from the Amish store), and i'm making garden pasta mixed with a bit of margarine and low cal ranch dressing.



I have no idea why I all of a sudden needed to cook lol. Testing out the new pots, pans and cookware I guess!! :D

-M

Whining Time lol

I was ranting in chat and it was funny so I'm posting it here:

"i've found there are a lot of things from over there that we don't have here......... i actually crave the stuff sometimes, meat pies, chicko rolls, lamb, fucking mint sauce, chutney, whole meal bread lol, WINE, tim tams, fucking cherry RIPES!!!!!!!!!!  why can't they have them here....... fucking america!! it all tastes good and we sure know how to EAT....WTF. !!!

LOL

The things I miss:

Whole MEAL bread

                                                                    Cherry Ripe

                                                                Chiko Roll (yum!!)

                                                                         Chutney

                                                                   Fifth Leg Wine

                                                               Lamb Roast...NOM!

                                                        Harry's Meat Pie...Double NOM

                                                       Mint Sauce..goes with anything!!

                                                            Tim Tam....omg I miss it...

Ok, now I'm hungry..... :P
-M

June 17, 2012

Impatient Already

I hate waiting for books to come out, especially when it's one you really want to read. I made it through waiting for Dominique Moceanu's book to come out (and then read it in less than a day lol) and now I'm waiting for Elton's new book: Love Is The Cure - Ending The Global AIDS Epidemic. Gotta wait until July 17th.... *cries*
In the meantime, the publisher has an audio excerpt, where Elton reads from the book, talking about Ryan White: Click Here

-M


The Knife Man

I'd seen this while I was in Australia, I think maybe in Macarthur Square. I wanted it SO bad because it was funny and just not something you see every day. Well, when I was on the hunt for a set of kitchen knives for the apartment, I thought about that knife guy and hunted around on Amazon...and sure enough, they had him!! So now he sits on my counter and actually blends with the rest of my black and chrome stuff nicely :D
-M

 

6/17/12

Sittin here waiting for some good old thunder boomers to start :D (Ok I started this post like two days ago LOL) there's a huge line of them from Iowa to Texas and it would be nice if it all stays together long enough to rumble through....for some reason, lines of storms seem to part ways and go around our town....very annoying if you like storms!

Been watching a lot of Bondi Rescue lately, as I hit the motherlode on YouTube lol....someone uploaded at least five seasons! I've also found a bunch of the latest season (season 7) online as well. The episodes are all really good...but now I miss Australia badly!

Speaking of which.... I set up a goal for myself to help keep me motivated to work out. I want to be in better shape by the end of the year and if I can do this.... my reward is gonna be a trip to Australia for around nine days in the spring (our spring). The real goal, is to be in good enough shape to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge - Bridge Walk. It's a three and a half hour walk through the different parts of the bridge, using stairs, catwalks and ladders. You get to walk on top of the top arch of the bridge, about 440 feet above the water! I think it would be amazing and very rewarding. I also think the sun and all would be a great serotonin raiser :D

Vid about the bridge climb (it's kinda cheesy but you get the picture):



I think having nine months to save/plan for the trip is the right way to do it. Last time I rushed into it so fast (out of circumstance & necessity) that we sort of had to plan as we went and there were things we wanted to do that we weren't able to. This time around I feel I will be able to contribute monetarily, which makes me feel so much better about going different places while there. We both agreed it will be a long enough time that we can both save money for these things we want to do. Once we've made more plans on what we are going to do, I will post more about it.

All I know, is I'm STOKED! I'm seriously thinking of making it a habit to go to Sydney every two years or so. Tracey and I talked about this and how it's kind of my "home away from home", I just love the culture, atmosphere, sights, people, all of it. It's very refreshing for me. I don't look forward to the 24 hour travel to and then back from Sydney, but the rest will really make it worth all the hours on the planes :D  It's really nice that I have friends I can stay with, because that is what makes it affordable for me. I nosed around out of curiosity at hotel prices and well....HOLY SHIT!! I was stunned. I can't imagine taking a family to Sydney for a week, you're talking over $12,000 dollars for a vacation (airfare is generally around $2000 round trip/person then there is hotels, food, transport, entertainment, etc.)!! I'm very, very thankful for my friends!

I've eased myself back into exercising and so far it's going good. Eating I'm still wrestling with but it will get there. Lost a pound this last week, so it's a start. I'll slowly increase my exercise as I go along and this fall I want to get out in the mornings to walk outside as well as using the elliptical. I got some dvds, one for yoga and the other for stregnth/fitness and I'm going to alternate them every day, so one day I work on core strength, the next arms/legs/etc. and I'll be doing the elliptical every day, but on Sundays I'll only do a shorter time on it for rest.

Not too much else going on, Jess finally sucked me into Pinterest....something else to be addicted to lol. Lots of great photography on there! Funny stuff too. I've starting sorting through my own pics so I can pick out what to print for the walls next month.  It...is....hard! I have a few weeks to sort out which ones I want on the walls, hopefully I can narrow it down. I'm also buying a print from a lifeguard/photographer who works on Bondi Beach, to hang in the apartment as well. Now I'm trying to see if I can get him to sign the corner of the print, which would ROCK. He and another lifeguard have a website set up where you can buy prints directly and they now have a photography shop in Bondi as well. Definitely want to check that out when I'm back there.

Tonight is going to be kind of a relaxed evening at home. I have a short list of stuff I need to get done and hopefully I can catch up on everything I need to do online. Drinking tons of coffee too :P Dad sent more of the Tanzanian coffee and it is just SO nice.

Hope everyone is having a good day/evening :P

-M

Dude...balls...tuck them in! :P

I honestly think I could watch this a million times and still be laughing...I think it's watching the lifeguards practically DYING after the guy walks away lol. Heh, I know that silent laugh well...it runs in my family :P


June 8, 2012

Whoohoo

US Gym Nationals just started! All I hope is everyone does as good as they can and no one gets injured!

I'll write a real blog post later.......... off to watch the webcast :)

June 6, 2012

Whoohoo!

The girls are in St. Louis getting ready for the National Championships. Here's Gabby Douglas training bars....nobody else on team USA pulls her release moves as high as she does. She flies! Really hoping she makes the team!
-Reg

June 2, 2012

Been procrastinating!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, ADHD has been in full swing lately, with me procrastinating over just about everything.... of course I now have a TON of stuff to do, both online and in my apartment. Ugh.....

I downloaded a funny yet productive app for my Ipad today, to help get myself more organized and ready to tackle the many many projects and chores I now have to try to catch up on. I'm going to play with it tonight and get it all set to help me start to play catch up tomorrow. Fun times......

I'm spending the entire day at home tomorrow cleaning, organizing and catching things up. I also need to catch up on everyone's blogs, I'm really far behind on that too! For those of you whom I chat with online, I should also be on Yahoo tomorrow evening. Need to catch up with you guys too :P

Hope everyone is doing well :)

-M